i picked abigail up from "ninja camp" with some new found mad ninja skilz! then we stopped at the grocery store to get rice krispy cereal to make rice krispy treats for dessert. yep...sadly this ad for how NOT to do weight watchers was craving some rice krispy treats (and in case you didnt know who i was talking about...ummm me! i am failing weight watchers at the moment).
then we came home and i fixed supper (potato soup ---- oh goodness, it was DELICIOUS!!), now the children are in bed...mostly asleep. and i am cold. we didnt get any snow but it is cold. my feet are cold. that is miserable to me for me feet to be cold.
anyway so since i'm not on facebook anymore i plan to blog a bit more. i also plan to send email pictures to my mother a bit more. i'm so slack about that with facebook & even blogging but it's life.
anyway, went to see what pictures were on my camera because a lot of times i get inspiration from a picture to blog about (wish i could post the picture of my friend's new little girl Isabella AddieSelam from Ethopia, but that's not allowed until she goes to court in Ethiopia which should be in about 8 weeks - so exciting!). there werent many new pictures that matched any of the goings on around here so i am just going to post a few random shots that rachel took. as a matter of fact i am going to go charge my camera batteries. i plan to be using them a lot more.
yes that is a headband you see in her hair. but she was playing so it didnt stay. and this picture was obviously taken before her haircut yesterday. look at her dimples. she is so cute!
this boy is nuts - but in a sweet 5 year old boy nuts kind of way. he is really sweet and very gentle with me. he got this whoopie cushion at the dentist for not having cavaties. thank goodness it didnt last long because he was having way too much fun with the whoopie cushion.
spiderman giving us the peace sign. this spiderman is from the spiderman 2 movie. he has 67 points of articulation. each finger bends & is moveable. he's one of the coolest action figures i have ever seen. he is 18" tall & obviously can stand alone in cool poses. asher told rachel today that usually spiderman stands on his dresser watching levi at night. now if it were me...having spiderman watching me sleep would freak me out a bit...asher calls it "protection". now how sweet is that. he purposely sets spiderman up to watch his baby brother sleep to keep him safe. now i can go 2 different directions with that. either the boy is...i'm going to put it nicely...very dilusional in his understanding of the toy spiderman and his abilities...or he is just so sweet that he is using all the resources he thinks he has to protect his baby brother. either way, it endears him to me more & more.
i love this picture. elizabeth and abigail "playing" barbies. basically they set the house up and no one is allowed to touch it. did you do that with your doll houses when you were little? i did. i still do if given a chance. we have a very old Hello Kitty doll house that isnt sold anymore. it's not "VERY" old...maybe 10 years old. anyway we have all of the furniture pieces for all of the rooms...multiple hello kitty dolls & clothing, shoes, coats, food, furniture....so the other day esther had it out & it was everywhere. so it's now back in my room where it sat for years in my closet...up on my dresser. one day when i get time i'm going to "set" the hello kitty house up & dare anyone to touch it. for now it's in the rubbermaid container we keep it in. i went against my better judgement and let the 2 younger girls play with it. i had it up forever and then abigail sweet talked her way into it. it's one of those doll houses you put in a curio cabinet set up because it's unique and quaint. that didnt happen.
my flashy. there are no words to tell you how special this dog is.
ok, now you may say, that's not one of Wendy's kids...and you would be right. That is Nixie or Tullulah Luettger. I'm not sure which. They were hear with their mother when she came over to our house with our Dave Ramsey small group a few weeks ago. the kids played all over the house. Come to find out Erin & Matthew's twin girls love dress up. so esther obliged them and here she is. So cute. she loved the wigs & the outfits. My girls havent been crazy over the wigs or the princess dresses. i may need to pack it all up & give it to them if they will appreciate it.
so now i'm probably off to bed. i need to work on my seeds and i need to work on my sewing... but i'm really cold & tired so i'm thinking that will win!
ok before i go....i got an idea. Pastor Craig has been talking about getting the Toxic matter out of our lives. Basically anything that separates us from God...get rid of it. I did a search on google & actually dinged this blog that had this list that i found interesting & kind of funny in the way the writer, Sam Flanders, commentates on the subject at hand. i wont actually put the link to the blog i found because he is a prohomosexual lifestyle guy and i disagree with his overall take on scripture but i thought this list was interesting and he actually had a point when posting this list. why do we pick & choose what is important to follow concerning God's law? why do we eat shellfish when God clearly shows us it's bad for us & yet despise the homosexual lifestyle (yes i eat shellfish & despise the homosexual lifestyle - not the homosexual).
but be warned there are a few mentions of things that are ...for lack of a better word - crass - on the list.
i do find it interesting in what we do & dont do under the guise of "religion" or our "relationship" with Jesus. how much of this matters? what is our standard....really should we not cut our hair? is birth control sinful (and i seriously deal with that all the time)? are we sinning in what we eat (i'm not talking about how much!) it's a lot to think about. i realize we are under Grace - not Law...but does the Law get thrown out?? I dont think so.
anyway, i think Pastor Craig's sermon is dead on accurate with Lent coming...for our family anyway.
ok here you go. i have taken a moment to ponder what our responsiblity is now - today - concerning Levitical Law.
Here are some things that are technically banned by the Bible. (All quotes are translations from the New American Standard Bible, but, because I'm actually trying to maintain serious journalistic integrity here, I cross-referenced several other translations to make sure I wasn't missing the point.)
1. This bowl cut is a guaranteed one-way ticket to sin.
Round haircuts. See you in Hell, Beatles... and/or kids with bowl cuts or surfer cuts. Leviticus 19:27 reads "You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard."
2.Football. At least, the pure version of football, where you play with a pigskin. The modern synthetic footballs are ugly and slippery anyways. Leviticus 11:8, which is discussing pigs, reads "You shall not eat of their flesh nor touch their carcasses; they are unclean to you."
And you're doubly breaking that if you wake up, eat some sausage then go throw around the football. Or go to the county fair and enter a greased pig catching contest.
3. Fortune telling. Before you call a 900 number (do people still call 900 numbers, by the way?), read your horoscope or crack open a fortune cookie, realize you're in huge trouble if you do.
Leviticus 19:31 reads "Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God." The penalty for that? Check Leviticus 20:6: "As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people."
Seems like a lifetime of exile is a pretty harsh penalty for talking to Zoltar.
4. Tattoos. No tattoos. Leviticus 19:28 reads, "You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the Lord."
Not even a little butterfly on your ankle. Or Thug Life across your abdomen. Or even, fittingly enough, a cross.
5. Polyester, or any other fabric blends. The Bible doesn't want you to wear polyester. Not just because it looks cheap. It's sinfully unnatural.
Leviticus 19:19 reads, "You are to keep My statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together."
Check the tag on your shirt right now. Didn't realize you were mid-sin at this exact second, did you?
6.Divorce. The Bible is very clear on this one: No divorcing. You can't do it. Because when you marry someone, according to Mark 10:8, you "are no longer two, but one flesh." And, Mark 10:9 reads, "What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate."
Mark gets even more hardcore about it a few verses later, in Mark 10:11-12, "And He said to them, 'Whoever divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her; and if she herself divorces her husband and marries another man, she is committing adultery.'"
7. Letting people without testicles into church. Whether you've been castrated or lost one or both testicals to cancer isn't important. The Bible doesn't get that specific. It just says you can't pray.
Deuteronomy 23:1 reads (this is the God's Word translation, which spells it out better), "A man whose testicles are crushed or whose penis is cut off may never join the assembly of the Lord."
Oh, and the next verse says that if you're a bastard, the child of a bastard... or even have a great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchild of a bastard, you can't come to church or synagogue either. Deuteronomy 23:2 reads, "No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the Lord; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the Lord."
8.Wearing gold. 1 Timothy 2:9 doesn't like your gold necklace at all. Or your pearl necklace. Or any clothes you're wearing that you didn't get from Forever 21, Old Navy or H&M.
"Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments."
9. Shellfish. Leviticus 11:10 reads, "But whatever is in the seas and in the rivers that does not have fins and scales among all the teeming life of the water, and among all the living creatures that are in the water, they are detestable things to you." And shellfish is right in that wheelhouse.
Leviticus 11 bans a TON of animals from being eaten (it's THE basis for Kosher law); beyond shellfish and pig, it also says you can't eat camel, rock badger, rabbit, eagle, vulture, buzzard, falcon, raven, crow, ostrich, owl, seagull, hawk, pelican, stork, heron, bat, winged insects that walk on four legs unless they have joints to jump with like grasshoppers (?), bear, mole, mouse, lizard, gecko, crocodile, chameleon and snail.
Sorry if that totally ruins your plans to go to a rock badger eat-off this weekend.
What say you??